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Old 01-14-2020, 12:30 PM
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Help....Greetings, while replacing my spark plugs today I encountered that sick feeling when one plug wouldn?t torqued down. I removed the plug to find that it had broken leaving the threaded portion of the plug in the cylinder head. Does anyone know a process to remove the broken portion from the cylinder?
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:53 PM
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You will want to use a screw extractor called EZ-Out. It turns CCW and self-tightens to grasp the broken threaded barrel. You will need to measure and purchase correct size taper to fit. eBay, Amazon, or local hardware store are your friends...
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:05 PM
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You might also look at Harbor Freight. I bought a small set of screw extractors from HF just the other day.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:08 PM
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Google has some text and video that might help. Good luck!

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I?ll go shopping tonight.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:19 PM
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I'll suggest not to use a "cheap" extractor. You may use it dozens of times with great success but when it snaps off just flush or slightly below the surface you'll wish you spent 4 or 5 times that much on high quality tool such as Greenfield or Snap-On. Broken extractors and or broken taps are almost impossible to remove without damaging the part you're working on.

Might also be a good idea to heat the cylinder head with an electric heat gun to really warm it up , differential thermal expansion of the aluminum head vs. the steel portion of the broken spark plug may make the difference between success and the alternative.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:50 PM
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A little penetrating oil may come in handy if it?s stubborn.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:38 PM
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I wanted to update this post... I was successful in removing the broken part of the spark plug with a flat blade screw driver. I got lucky this time. Thanks again to all who provided suggestions.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:55 PM
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I wanted to update this post... I was successful in removing the broken part of the spark plug with a flat blade screw driver. I got lucky this time. Thanks again to all who provided suggestions.
You might want to use a borescope to make sure no broken parts of the spark plug fell into the cylinder...
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